Safeguarding Resources

CCS will be working to ensure that community hall management committees across Somerset have the knowledge and confidence to provide a safe environment for all.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has been awarded over £100k from the National Lottery Community Fund to promote good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout England.

Safeguarding and community buildings

Safeguarding is about creating a safe and welcoming environment for all. We all share a responsibility to keep children and adults safe from harm. The Charity Commission expects every charity to make safeguarding a priority and community building trustees have a duty of care for all who use their premises.

We will keep this page updated (published November 2020)

Steps to take

  • Management committees should take practical steps to safeguard everyone from abuse, harassment and harm. Trustees should:
  • Understand the risks. Who uses your hall and what types of harm might they experience?
  • Agree on a Designated Safeguarding Lead and ensure they have the appropriate training.
  • Develop a safeguarding policy and procedures which are regularly reviewed.
  • Ensure safeguarding is addressed in the hiring agreement.
  • Undertake eligibility checks for all new trustees

COMING SOON!

During 2021, CCS will be offering dedicated training for the safeguarding leads in hall committees.

What to do if you have a safeguarding concern?

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is in danger

RING: 0300 123 2224 Email:childrens@somerset.gov.ukORadults@somerset.gov.uk

In an emergency call the Police – 111 or 999

Resources

Download the ACRE Information sheets; Safeguarding in Village Halls, template Hiring Agreement and Trustee Eligibility Declaration at our member’s area. Or contact Sally directly.

Members Area

Learn more

Email

sally@somersetrcc.org.uk